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Canada invests in Iqaluit infrastructure upgrades


December 22, 2017
By Ground Water Canada

Iqaluit, Nunavut – The federal government has invested $699,915 in Iqalungmiut through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to improve the town’s recreational and water systems.

The funding, announced Dec. 21 by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, supports two projects in Iqaluit, Nunavut, according to a news release from CanNor.

The first investment is towards upgrading the Arnaitok Complex, which serves as the city’s arena, fire department and city offices. The upgrades include the installation of a new boilers and heat exchange system to provide a clean energy upgrade to a system originally installed in the 1960s and to improve the climatic conditions in the arena.

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The second investment supports improvements to the City of Iqaluit’s water and wastewater systems. These upgrades are intended to improve reliability and quality of the services by renovating and replacing key elements of the municipal infrastructure. The renovations to the water treatment system include new water quality analyzers, pumps and a new power supply system. The wastewater improvements involve new gas detection sensors, improved ventilation and new wiring systems.

These investments are a part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in community spaces that bring Canadians together, the release said. Of that amount, up to $12.8 million is being invested across the three territories.